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The Beginning: Receiving a Diagnosis

Friday, August 6, 2021
Episode description: 

For anyone with NMD, the journey begins with a diagnosis…a name for the symptoms that are manifesting. Just getting to the diagnosis can be a convoluted odyssey and take months if not years, and even with a confirmed diagnosis, the odyssey is just beginning. In this episode, we will dive into that conversation from multiple perspectives - an individual diagnosed in infancy, an individual diagnosed in early adulthood and a parent who went on the journey as an advocate for their child. We will talk about each of their stories and the path they took to get a diagnosis, how it impacted their lives, how they've learned to live with it, what’s been hard, what’s been easy-er, and how they have coped and made a life that works for them.

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Guests: 
Paloma Juarez, Brian Way
Paloma Juarez

Paloma Juarez and her husband Brian Way are parents to Vaun, 5 years old, and twins Koen and Zavier, almost 10 months old. Vaun and Koen both have Infantile Onset Pompe's disease. The family lives in Prairie Village, KS.

Chris Anselmo
Chris Anselmo

Chris Anselmo works at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in a partnership management role. Chris lives with one of the conditions MDA covers - Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy type 2B (LGMD2B). Chris was diagnosed with the disease when he was 18 years old, the result of a routine blood test after a car accident and before he had any physical symptoms. Today, Chris is 34 and has lived with increasing muscle weakness for the last 13 years.

Mindy Henderson
Mindy Henderson

Mindy Henderson is your host, and happens to have been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2 when she was 15 months old. Today, Mindy is the host of this podcast, and is also a motivational speaker and a writer, with her first book set to hit book stores in Fall of 2022.